Lena Headey talks about her role in the upcoming ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’ film to Comic-Con fans. The film is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, as Headey shot 10 days on the sequel in Bulgaria.
“It’s huge!” she told Total Film magazine. “It’s different in that Zack [Snyder] didn’t direct it, so it’s a very different feeling. But the film, visually, follows on very much from the original. It’s something that’s so beloved for its physicality and visceral content. I had fun; I got to hold a sword,” she added.
Asked if Gorgo gets in on the action this time around, Headey replied. “Yeah! I love all that, I’m such a boy! They’re like, ‘Do you want to come to fight training?’ I’m like, ‘Yes!'”
Planned for a March 7th, 2014 release, ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ also stars Rodrigo Santoro returning as Xerxes, Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, Jack O’Connell as Calisto, David Wenham as Dilios, and Eva Green as Artemisia.
Xerxes, the Persian leader who is an antagonist in ‘300,’ turns into more of a pivotal figure. He’s a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistokles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occured in 480 BC.
Previous reports had Zack Snyder – who in my eyes done a fantastic job with ‘300’ – pegged to direct until Warner Bros and producer Christopher Nolan signed him up to helm ‘Man of Steel.’ Noam Murro (five-time DGA nominated commercials director) is on board to direct the film. Snyder produces.
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield–on the sea–as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.
The movie pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.